Day 561 – USA (LOUISIANA and TEXAS): From DeRidder to Kirbyville

Today’s distance / ???????: 47 miles / 75.7km
Average speed / ????: 7.5mph / 12.1km/h
Time on skateboard / ????: 6h 16m
Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 2193mi (plus 266mi) / 3530km (plus 430km)
Ascent / ??: n/a
Descent / ??: n/a
End-of-day GPS coordinates: N30.38.17.8, W093.54.05.9

Feeling fairly good today after a restful day out of the rain yesterday. It was dry and sunny all day, with smooth roads for a change all the way along US Highway 190 in Louisiana, right up to the Texas border. I was elated at hitting some good hills at last, with gentle ups and downs towards Maryville in Louisiana.

For the first time in the US so far, I met some more long distance human powered travelers. I met Stephane and Sheri Marchiori at the Louisiana-Texas border. They have been cycling around the world for the last four years.

Fellow human powered traveler on the Louisiana - Texas border, USA

We exchanged notes on gear selection, road information. They were well kitted out, and apparently living very well on the road.

I arrived in Kirbyville after dark, after struggling on rough chipsealed roads. Highway US96 seems to be a smooth superhighway, so was a welcome change. I set up camp between small pines in a field.

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2 thoughts on “Day 561 – USA (LOUISIANA and TEXAS): From DeRidder to Kirbyville

  • Jean

    Day 561, maybe? 🙂 Nice to hear you are being so well fed and looked after. Does it lessen the sense of adventure at all to be skating through civilisation, or is it just a different sort of adventure? Just curious,


  • Aunty Les

    I'm sure that biking around the world is a lot easier than skateboarding! The condition of the roads or lack of them isn't such a problem.